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WILLIAM SIMON: There ARE No Secrets…

 "Until the screaming started, it was just another Monday morning….
 
 I’d come in early to review the weekend network traffic logs. I did that, sometimes, when the place was quiet and before the workweek began.
 
 I hung up my suit jacket, closed the door, and settled in with the stack of printouts.
 
 As I read the first page, I took out my cufflinks and put them in a trouser pocket, rolling up my sleeves until the air conditioner kicked in. In a silent protest against ‘business casual’, I kept my tie knotted, but unbuttoned my vest. Besides, I wanted to see how long it would take someone to notice the abstract-looking pattern on my tie was really Wile E. Coyote chasing the Roadrunner." SPIDER'S DANCE
[This is] a remarkably entertaining story, due mainly to the protagonist’s sense of humor. There are laugh-out-loud moments throughout, and these do not take away from the mystery or suspense. Unique characters, an original hero (we don’t get that too often), and an up to the minute topical plot carries SPIDER’S DANCE to the bank.
 
Raymond Benson, author of THE BLACK STILETTO, and THE BLACK STILETTO: BLACK AND WHITE, six James Bond continuation novels, and the Spike Berringer Rock ‘n Roll P.I. series.

Meet William Simon…good friend, great author and honest-to-goodness Renaissance Man. Like his novel’s hero, Nicholas White wearing a cartoon tie, William strolls around with a silver-handled, black walking cane. Not because he needs it, but because it’s his own quirky statement to the world. (Don’t tell him it also makes him look incredibly dashing and gives him a nostalgic, noir presence.)

Both William and Nicholas White would have blended in perfectly in the circa ’50’s jazz, black-and-white movies, Frank Sinatra period. Instead, they were rudely dropped into the modern, high-tech, corporate intrigue of this era…and have adapted masterfully. Check this out:

 What's your day-job, William? 

I am the owner and lead investigator for an agency that specializes in computer forensics and electronic evidence exclusively.  I've been doing this since 2002, and it has led to some.... shall we say 'interesting' experiences.

(That's right, dear reader, he's a PI who can take a carefully deleted, broken, burned up hard drive and still uncover its secrets. Formidable? Cool? Uh...yeah.)
 

 Where do you get your ideas of espionage and intrigue?(she asks knowingly.) 🙂

I think it was Dean Koonz who once compared a writer's mind to a bubbling cauldron of stuff, and sometimes an idea floats to the top. It's all material, as writers we just need to learn how to use it.

What inspired your contribution(SPIDER'S TANGO)to the fabulous LOVE IS MURDER 3 anthology?

 I’ve worked as a computer forensic investigator since 2002, and some of the cases have been less than pleasant. 

The original draft of ‘Tango’, submitted for THRILLER 2, was much more serious, grimmer and, in some sections, brutal.  That didn’t make the final cut for the theme the publisher was aiming for. 

The day came a couple of years after that when submissions were opened for THRILLER 3, asking for stories of romantic suspense. 

In one of those coincidences that a writer would get nailed for – but happens all the time in Real Life – Turner Classic Movies had been running a marathon of Spencer Tracy/Katherine Hepburn movies.  Which led to my digging out the DVD’s of “Remington Steele” and “Moonlighting,” both old favorites. 

After days of watching and appreciating clever and witty banter between the sexes, I re-wrote ‘Tango’ to fall more into that category.  I was stunned to learn it had been accepted for the anthology, and am very proud to be included in such stellar company.  I’m an unabashed fan of many of the authors in this, so it’s extra-special to be in their company.

Besides belonging to International Thriller Writers, you're an active member of two Houston RWA groups. What's a guy like you doing in romance groups like that? 🙂

I joined Northwest Houston RWA way back when (pre-Y2k!) because it was the closest writers' group I could find.  One of the things that struck me immediately was that 'romance' as a description applies to almost every book out there, and the one thing about both chapters is even though I write more in a mystery/thriller vein, everyone opened their arms and their hearts to all writers who came through the door!

What are you working on now?

I'm working on a semi-sequel to Spider's Dance, involving Michaela O'Brien's brother, Ian McAllister. He left the family, adopted his grandfather's last name and works throughout Europe. Let's just say nothing is what it seems.

In addition to that I'm developing a novel set in 1959 Las Vegas, with a casino manager and an investigator for the NDI (Nevada Division of Investigation)following the trail of a mysterious billionaire.

If you were not a writer/PI what career would you choose?

Federal Law Enforcement; it was the family business so to speak. I was the Black Sheep of the family for a while when I chose the corporate world instead.

Gushy fan question: Describe your favorite meal.

Italian restaurants get my attention. We live in Texas so, of course, Mexican cuisine is a favorite. A fine steak is always a good thing, and a perfect cheeseburger gets priority attention. Given a choice, though, Italian always wins. 

Thank you for taking the time to answer all these questions, William. You're a guy who likes his privacy, so we really appreciate this!

Additional praise for SPIDER'S DANCE:

“I absolutely loved the witty, elegant thriller, SPIDER’S DANCE. Chock-full of fascinating characters, SPIDER’S DANCE thrusts the reader into the high stakes world of Big Oil—and an even bigger cover-up. In the aftermath of a devastating environmental disaster, our eminently reliable narrator, Nicholas White, carries us through this suspenseful tale with a combination of fearlessness and panache. Nicholas is a man you can trust, written by an author who has been there. Throw in a sunken World War II submarine and a high-stakes international scam of harrowing proportions, and you’ve got a corker!” —J. Carson Black, Best-selling Author of ICON and THE SHOP.

(William Simon also publishes under the pseudonym: Will Graham.)

For more information on William: www.wmsimon.com

 

Got a question or comment for William? He’ll be stopping by today to answer them all with his usual dry wit!

ONE LUCKY COMMENTER WILL RECEIVE A COPY OF WILLIAM SIMON’S THRILLING NOVEL SPIDER’S DANCE.

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